Psychostick Debuts ‘Zombie Claus’ Video

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Independent hard rock band Psychostick has a new holiday tune for the metalhead masses to enjoy, and a video to boot.

The band debuted the video for its single ‘Zombie Claus‘ Dec. 3.  The song and its video are a spoof of Rob Zombie’s 1998 hit song ‘Dragula’ that replaces Zombie in his hard rock hot rod with a Santa Claus figure who is just as metal as Zombie in his own right.

Santa’s elves join him at points for the video.  There are also some adult themes at points in the video, so this one is not for children.  Audiences will also find funny the band’s joke about Santa using the elves as slave labor in the song.

‘Zombie Claus’ is available to stream and download now through Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon and Google Play.

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Website: http://www.psychostick.com

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Twitter: http://twitter.com/psychostick

 

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Swim The Current To Release New EP Next Year; Debuts Video For EP’s Lead Single

Independent rock band Swim The Current will open the new year with a new recording.

The band will release its new EP Bright Lights in early 2020.  The record’s official release date will be announced soon. In anticipation of the EP’s release, the band debuted the video for the record’s lead single ‘Red Desert‘ last month.

The video crosses footage of the band performing its new single with a young woman dealing with some obviously heavy emotions.  The whole thing ends with a surprising ending.

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The song’s musical arrangement lends itself to comparisons to works from the likes of Deftones and Foo Fighters.  The song’s lyrical content matches its visuals.  Guitarist Greg Antine talked about the song’s lyrical content in a recent interview.

“Red Desert’ is a song about relationships and their upward spin that sails the oceans of elated emotions,” he said.  “Yet, the song also shows conversely those relationships that have gone south can be gut-wrenching; filled with emotional torture as they spiral down, and the effects surface; the cutting edge of pain.  Relationships, both upward and downward, are matters of the heart and ‘Red Desert’ tells them very well.  the highs and the lows all come out in the song.”

More information on ‘Red Desert’ is available online now along with all of the group’s latest news and more at:

 

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Weapons Of Anew Releases New Live EP; To Open For Metal Allegiance Next Month

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Independent hard rock act Weapons of Anew released a new live recording this week.

The band released its new EP 2019 tour Special EP Friday.  The five-song EP features a handful of live recordings from the band’s July 30, 2019 show at the Palace Theatre in Greensburg, PA.

All of the songs featured in WOA’s new EP are lifted from the band’s debut 2017 album The Collision of Love and Hate.  The EP’s track listing is noted below.

The Weapons of Anew 2019 Tour Special EP
1.  Killshot (Live)
2.  Sundown (Live)
3.  Speed (Live)
4.  Moment (Live)
5.  Moment (Special Acoustic)

The band debuted the video for the song ‘Killshot‘ ahead of the EP’s release.  the video features footage of the band performing said single coupled with footage of a man and woman going toe to toe in a boxing ring, with the woman ultimately coming out on top, putting the man on the mat for the easy KO.  The song’s musical arrangement lends itself to comparisons to works from Saliva and other similar acts.

WOA’s new EP comes ahead of the band’s scheduled Jan. 16, 2020 opening performance in Anaheim, CA for Metal Allegiance’s show at the House of Blues.

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Website: http://www.weaponsofanewband.com

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Clutch Announces Year-End “Clutchmas” Shows

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Clutch is giving audiences a very special Christmas present.

The band announced this week, a trio of holiday shows scheduled to take place between Dec. 29 and 31. The group has dubbed the concert series “Clutch-mas.”

The band’s Dec. 29 show is scheduled to take place in Washington, D.C.; its Dec. 30 show in Sayreville, NJ and its New Year’s Eve show in Philadelphia, PA.  Each show will feature its own unique set list separate from the others.  The band’s Dec. 31 show will feature a full performance of its 2004 album Blast Tyrant.

Tickets for the shows are available online here.

More information on the band’s upcoming shows, which are also in support of the band’s 2018 album Book of Bad Decisions, is available online now at:

 

Website: http://www.pro-rock.com

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Twitter: http://twitter.com/clutchofficial

 

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Norma Jean’s Eighth LP Presents Heavy Musical, Lyrical Content

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Metalcore outfit Norma Jean officially returned in October with its latest album All Hail.  The band’s eighth full-length studio recording, it came more than three years after the release of the band’s seventh album, Polar Similar.  The band’s latest offering, All Hail is a record whose musical and lyrical content together make for a presentation that will grow on audiences with each listen.  That ability to grow on listeners means it has considerable staying power, and in turn proves a successful new offering from the Georgia-based band.  One of the most notable entries featured in the record’s 45-minute run time comes late in its run in the form of ‘/with_errors.’  It is just one of the songs that exhibits the album’s strength.  ‘Anna,’ which comes even later in the 14-song record’s run is another clear example of the album’s strength.  It will be addressed a little later.  ‘Safety Last’ is yet another example of how the album’s songs serve to give the record a certain longevity among listeners and will also be addressed later.  When this song is considered along with the other two songs noted here and the likes of ‘If [Loss] Then [Leader],’ ‘Landslide Defeater,’ the album’s brief but still blistering opener ‘Orphan Twin,’ and the rest of its works, the end result is a work that is one of Norma Jean’s best albums to date.

Norma Jean’s latest full-length studio recording All Hail is a work that is certain to resonate with metalcore fans and with the band’s longtime fans.  That is proven throughout the course of the 14-song record in a variety of ways.  ‘/with_errors,’ which comes late in the record, is just one of the works that serves to show that appeal.  The song’s musical arrangement immediately presents a clear influence from Tool.  Yes, it seems odd, a “dark progressive rock” band influencing a metalcore outfit, but it is there, and it works.  This is obvious through front man Corey Brandan’s vocal delivery and through the work of guitarist Grayson Stewart.  Brandan’s ability to couple that influence with his own delivery style makes for a hybrid that stands solidly on its own merits here.  Drummer Ryan Leger’s choice of cymbals and drums works with his work in general to add even more punch to that very Tool-esque sound.  What is most interesting here is that while the song’s musical arrangement very clearly exhibits an influence from Tool, the band still creates an identity all its own for the song, thus ensuring the song’s originality.  That unique musical presentation is just one part of what makes the song stand out.  Its lyrical content adds to its interest.

Brandan sings in the song’s lead verse, “No need for dirt/I’m already still/I outweigh the orbit/I’ve never been around the sun/Always beside it/The burn is a reaction/Repeat the strokes that will bring the water to my neck/The tears over my head/The conflict is an illusion/Just get as close to the reflection/Eyes into the fractured glass/The bounce back/The cross over/Over.”  He continues in the song’s second verse, “Break bread with the ally adversary/Backwards and forwards/Blinded by the shadows below/All of you and everything/And it’s never-ending/It never started anyway.”  He adds in the song’s final verse, “Truth will be the first prey amid the raid/And you’ll see the smoke before you feel the flames/You’re an enemy of speech/Your legacy is a furnace spawning generations of hell.”  There is a lot of metaphorical language here.  What it amounts to is what seems to be a commentary of sorts.  That is inferred with the mention of looking into the “fractured glass” and “the bounceback” over.”  The statement about breaking bread “with the ally adversary” hints at making friends of enemies. Again this is all the interpretation of this critic and should not be taken as gospel.  This interpretation could very easily be completely incorrect.  The added mention in the song’s third and final verse that ‘the truth will be the first prey amid the raid/And you’ll see the smoke before you feel the flames” comes across as an addition to the initial statement about what has happened.  Once again, this is all this critic’s interpretation, but the whole seems to come across as a statement encouraging people to not let their biases separate them despite everything going on around them.  Whether this is correct, the fact that so much metaphor leaves wide open, room for dialogue on the topic adds to the song’s impact on the album’s whole, proving that much more, its importance to the record’s presentation.  It is just one of the songs that serves to show why All Hail has such staying power.  ‘Anna,’ which comes even in the album, does its own part to put the album’s strength on display.

‘Anna’ presents a unique musical arrangement that holds its own against its counterparts in this record, and proves itself just as strong as those works in the process.  That is thanks to Stewart’s heavy, plodding guitar line, Brandan’s powerhouse vocals and John Finnegan’s bass work.  While the song is a metalcore composition at its core, one could just as easily argue that there is a certain heavy, doom sound exhibited here, too.  The combination of those elements makes the song in whole a powerful melodic hard rock song that stands out on its own positive merits.  That heavy composition is just one part of what makes the song so notable.  The song’s lyrical theme offers listeners plenty of interest, too.

The song’s lyrical content comes across as a work about a really bad breakup.  Of course again, that could be completely out of the proverbial ballpark.  The manner in which the lyrics are presented do lead to that interpretation, though.  Brandan sings in the song’s lead verse, “Haven’t seen a word in a span of days/Listen for the slow and steady hum/Saying you’re everything to everything you’re saying/It’s not the answer you devoured/Or the quest to find the question/Just the sound that came before the first step and never turned around again/I don’t want to freeze inside/I fell in love with the burn out here/But a little on the lighter side/I’m here alone and you don’t ask why.”  He continues in the song’s second verse, “Write it down, Anna/Can you hear me now/Autograph and send it through the air/Say you’re everything because you’re everything I’m not/The knife won’t cut the rope tied to me/It breaks and frays to nothing/Comfort sorrow and you’ll hold that weapon by the jagged blade.”  This in itself seems to hint at something having to do with personal relationships.  Things take an interesting turn in the song’s third and final verse, as he sings, “Caught between a dream and a dream/I pulled at the seams/We’re always between trading the dawn for dusk/Exchanging rot for rust/I’ll testify with a torch/Burning black from the mouth/Of a night-stained sky/I’ll stand in the sun/I’ll stand in the sun/Cutting shapes into shade/You can hold the hilt/I’ll be the blade/You’re the reason/You’re the sound that lights the way/before the first step that never turned around again.”  There is a lot of heavy emotion here and by connection, heavy thought.  Regardless of whether this cong centers on the all-too-familiar element of broken relationships or something else, the fact of the matter is that it is certain to generate plenty of its own among listeners, along with the song’s musical arrangement.  The discussion generated through the two elements together makes the song that much more important an addition to the album.  It still is not the last of the album’s most notable additions.  ‘Safety Last,’ which comes early in the album’s run, is another key entry to the album.

‘Safety Last’ presents a musical arrangement that couples the band’s familiar metalcore sound with a distinct djent element.  The complimenting of the two elements, with the down-tuned guitars and screaming vocals makes this song’s arrangement a work that stands out if only for its fiery musical content.  Of course its musical content is not its only content.  It also boasts its own thought (and discussion) provoking lyrical content.

Brandan sings (screams) in the song’s lead verse, “I’ll burn every bridge in the world/I am the wreck that you’ve been waiting for/The dream is real/The nightmare is fictional real/I’m telling you I’ve seen the serpent lose/A rush of poison from the fangs/Snap its tail/Fall into the lake and take a breath/Pull the root from the interlacing vines/Then end swims away to added end/I swear to God/The price to pay/The price you’ll pay/I’ll burn every bridge in the world/’Cause I never want to cross them again.”  He continues in the song’s second verse, “I am infinitely bankrupt again/Aid to ruin is even more ruin/Rush in/Be the savior to us all/I’ll believe every damned word/Just take a moment here and introduce yourself/No, no truly/Can you introduce yourself/Loveless/Take a moment/Introduce yourself/Desperate life/Every damned word/So pray for this.”  Again, there is much metaphorical speak here that will certainly lead to lots of discussion among audiences.  The story’s song comes across here as someone reaching a certain point in his or her life where things are not at their best and that person is just desperate to find some meaning and direction.  Once more, this is only this critic’s interpretation and should not be taken as the only interpretation.  Keeping that in mind, the possible meaning behind these lyrics, coupled with the song’s fiery musical arrangement makes the song in whole, yet another very powerful addition to the album.  When it is considered along with ‘/with-errors,’ ‘Anna’ and the other songs noted here, the end result is another record from Norma Jean that audiences will salute.  Yes, that awful pun was intended.

Norma Jean’s eighth full-length studio recording All Hail is a powerful new entry from the veteran metalcore outfit that shows despite numerous label and lineup changes, the band is still as strong today as it was years ago in its inception.  That is proven through all three of the songs noted here and the rest of the album’s offerings.  All things considered, they make All Hail a work that will appeal easily to metalcore fans and those most devoted fans of Norma Jean.  More information on All Hail is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.normajeannoise.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/normajean

Twitter: http://twitter.com/NormaJeanBand

 

 

 

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Shout! Factory’s 2019 World Series Documentary Will Score With Team’s Fans

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Winter is here again, and with it, the return of the seasonal indoor sports.  Luckily though, Jack Frost’s annual visit to America doesn’t last but so long.  In other words, it might feel like a long wait for the return of warm weather and the sights and sounds of the ballpark, but it really won’t be that long.  While those of us who prefer warmer temperatures and baseball wait for opening day (and even just spring training), Major League Baseball Productions and Shout! Factory have partnered to offer those fans a way to pass the colder months in the form of the 2019 World Series Champions: Washington Nationals.  The 90-minute documentary takes audiences back through the season-long story of the unlikely champions.  Given, it certainly won’t appeal to fans of the Houston Astros, but clearly will for fans of the Nats and for sports enthusiasts in general who might not have a favorite team.  That is due in large part to the documentary’s story, which will be addressed shortly.  The program’s bonus content adds to its appeal for the noted audiences.  The primary and secondary content considered together, the presentation’s average price point proves to be money well-spent among the noted audiences.  When that price point is considered alongside the noted content, all three items together make 2019 World Series Champions: Washington Nationals a presentation that the noted audiences will find, a positive way to pass the months until spring returns.

Shout! Factory and Major League Baseball Productions’ annual season-ending MLB documentary is officially here, and it will certainly appeal to the Nats’ fans.  That is due in large part to the program’s overall story.  Audiences are presented here, the Nationals’ season-long story.  From the team’s early season lows and struggles to its unexpected turnaround late in the season.  From game to game, that never-say-die attitude showed, even as the team had its back constantly against the wall.  Even as the team went down three games to two in the World Series, audiences see firsthand, the team’s resolve and determination to keep fighting.  The editing and narration incorporated into the program add even more enjoyment for the noted audiences.  Each hit, catch and dive works with the additional background in the narration and interview making the experience that much richer for audiences.  Audiences get to experience the post-game press conferences, in which the teams’ managers express their calm despite the situations.  The moments immediately after the games in which the players make their way back to their respective locker rooms are there, too, adding to the story’s overall emotion.  The same can be said of the footage of the fans’ reactions throughout each game.  All things considered, the story featured here touches on every aspect of the annual Fall Classic, giving Nats fans and sports enthusiasts in general plenty to appreciate.  It forms a solid foundation for the program that is strengthened even more through the program’s bonus content.

The bonus content featured with 2019 World Series Champions: Washington Nationals strengthens the documentary’s presentation in a variety of fashions.  For those who want a shorter tale of the Nats’ season, that is there in the “Regular Season Highlights” bonus.  Nats star Juana Soto gets his own profile in the bonus features, showing his own highs and lows.  As if that is not enough, the key high points of the team’s post season are featured, too, including the team’s unexpected win over the Los Angeles Dodgers.  That was perhaps the biggest surprise of all, despite the understanding that the Nationals had their proverbial backs to the all throughout most of the regular season’s latter months and the early portion of the post season.  This highlights work with the regular season highlights and Soto’s profile to enrich the overall picture of the Nationals’ never say die attitude even more.  In turn, they serve to paint a picture that is that much richer for audiences and appealing for Washington’s most devoted fans.  The World Series celebratory parade puts the final accent to the presentation for fans, completing the overall effect and story.  Keeping that in mind, the bonus content plays its own integral part to the whole of 2019 World Series Champions: Washington Nationals.  When the bonus content is considered alongside the program’s primary content, the whole of that content gives the most devoted Nats fans more than enough to appreciate.  Keeping all of this in mind, it makes the program’s average price point accommodating for its key audiences.

The average price point for 2019 World Series Champions: Washington Nationals is $19.20.  That price was obtained by averaging price listings at MLB’s official store, Shout! Factory’s store, Best Buy, Walmart, Amazon and Barnes & Noble Booksellers.  The title was not listed at Target and Books-A-Million at the time of this review’s posting.  The price is important to note because it is the listing for the program’s Blu-ray/DVD combo pack.  That is just as important to note in its own right.  That is because regardless of whether one takes in the program and its bonus content on DVD or Blu-ray, audiences get the same content on each platform in this set.  To that end, the price point of less than $20 is money well spent for the aforementioned audiences.  It puts everyone on a level playing field – terrible pun fully intended – in terms of content and price.  MLB Shop’s listing of $17.49 is the least expensive of the listings while Amazon and Walmart only slightly more expensive at $17.89 each.  Barnes & Noble Booksellers’ listing of $21.94 is the most expensive of the listings, while Shout! Factory and Best Buy’s listing of $19.99 is the middle ground in the noted listings.  Keeping these listings in mind, the retailers’ largely sub $20 listings give audiences plenty of choices, adding even more appeal to the presentation.  When this is considered along with the program’s collective content, the whole of all of this documentary a score of its own for the most devoted Nationals fans and sports enthusiasts.

Shout! Factory and Major League Baseball’s 2019 World Series Champions: Washington Nationals is a piece that is certain to score with the most devoted Nats fans and equally devoted sports enthusiasts in general.  As has already been noted here, that is due in part to the program’s primary content, which paints a rich, vivid picture of the Nationals’ season and surprise first-ever World Series title.  The bonus content that is coupled with the noted primary content to make the general presentation one that the noted audiences will enjoy from start to end as they count down to the start of the 2020 MLB season.  The average price point of less than $20 for the DVD/BD combo pack makes the program even more appealing.  Each item noted is important in its own way to the whole of this presentation.  All things considered, they make 2019 World Series Champions: Washington Nationals a work that will score in its own way among audiences.  It is available now.  More information on this and other titles from Shout! Factory is available online at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.shoutfactory.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/shoutfactoryofficial

Twitter: http://twitter.com/ShoutFactory

 

 

 

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Release Date Announced For New ZZ Top Documentary

ZZ Top’s new documentary is coming home.

That Little Ol’ Band From Texas is scheduled for release Feb. 28, 2020 through Eagle Rock Entertainment.  The documentary follows the career of the band’s members — Dusty Hill, Frank Beard and Billy F. Gibbons — from the band’s humble beginnings to its rise to fame complete with all of the highs and lows.

As an added bonus, the story is coupled with previously unreleased live footage of the band.  Another added bonus featured in the documentary is almost 20 minutes of live footage culled from the Ham Estate Archive takes audiences back to the band’s pre-Eliminator days.

Details on the bonus performances is noted below.

Extras:
Gruene Hall Bonus Performances (18 minutes):
Shuffle In C / Fannie Mae
La Grange
Brown Sugar
Blue Jean Blues

Ham Estate Archives Bonus Performances (17 minutes):
Thunderbird
Tush
Beer Drinkers & Hell Raisers
I’m Bad, I’m Nationwide
Manic Mechanic

The release of the new doc is part of the band’s ongoing celebration of its 50th anniversary.  More information on this and other titles from Eagle Rock Entertainment is available online now at:

 

Website: http://www.eagle-rock.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/EagleRockEnt

Twitter: http://twitter.com/EagleRockNews

 

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Website: http://www.zztop.com

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Twitter: http://twitter.com/zztop

 

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